Final Reflection Assignment Description

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Overview

This assignment provides you with the opportunity to reflect on what you’ve learned in this course using a structured process.

Rationale

Reflection is a purposeful activity in which you analyze experiences and your own creative practice, skills, and responses to challenges in order to learn and improve. 

“It is not sufficient to have an experience in order to learn. Without reflecting
 on this experience it may quickly be forgotten, or its learning potential lost.”
— Graham Gibbs

By formalizing your reflections you can demonstrate to yourself and to your teacher that learning is taking place. This process may involve:

  • reflecting on your own creative practice; 
  • critical examination of one or more experiences and the way you dealt with it; 
  • evaluating the final project and your role and considering how you might do it better next time; 
  • reflecting on things you have read, viewed, and experienced and making connections between them and your own creative practice.

Reflection is a useful process even if you have not been given a specific reflective assignment. It helps you to make sense of and learn from your experience. It is a critical component of creative practice.

Guidelines

Review the artifacts you have generated in this course (e.g. your notebook, assignments, project work, notes from critiques, etc. What stands out to you? Are there particular comments, notes, sketches, or diagrams that stand out? Consider including those in your reflection.

Review any photos and/or video you’ve taken (both assigned and unassigned). Are there particular images and/or video clips that stand out? Are there images you shared with your friends? Consider including some of these in your reflection document.

Read over the questions section below and respond to them. Keep in mind:

  1. Writing reflectively should not involve merely describing something that happened. Nor does it mean pouring out everything you think and feel in a totally unstructured way. Reflective writing requires a clear line of thought, use of evidence or examples to illustrate your reflections, and an analytical approach.
  2. You are aiming to strike a balance between your personal perspective, and the requirements of rigorous thinking, this means:
    • developing a perspective, or line of reasoning;
    • showing that you recognize that situations are rarely simple and clear-cut;
    • writing about the link between your experiences and the readings, viewings, micro-conference, project work, the works you and your group reviewed, etc.
  3. Be as succinct as possible in your answers while providing sufficient detail to responding wholeheartedly to the questions, which will often require including specific activities or challenges.

Questions

In order to reflect on your thinking, learning, and work on this course, respond to the following questions (use the questions as section headings in your document). These questions form the outline of your reflection, which you should rename as appropriate, e.g. question 2 below may be written as “Greatest challenge and solution” for use as a section heading.

What are you most proud of?

  1. Where did you encounter the most struggle, and what did you do to deal with it?
  2. What about your thinking, learning, or work in the class brought you the most satisfaction? Why?
  3. What was the most frustrating aspect of the class? How did you deal with that frustration?
  4. What lessons were learned from your work? 
    • Include a paragraph on what you learned completing each of the projects in this class.
  5. What made you curious in this class?
  6. What along the journey helped you learn the most?
  7. What along the journey hindered your learning?
  8. What are your next steps in terms of your creative work? 
    • Which of those steps will come easiest? 
    • Where will the terrain become rocky? 
    • What can you do now to navigate the road ahead with the most success?
  1. If a friend was planning to take this class next term, what advice would you given them that might help them be better prepared to succeed?

Deliverable

Submit this reflection in the form of a PDF document in response to the Final Reflection assignment in Blackboard on or before the deadline in the course schedule. No other formats are acceptable. 

The document must include your name, the course number and name of the class, and a title at the top. 

Images and diagrams should be as large as possible, use the width of the page. 

If you cite any works, please use either APA, MLA, or CMS citation guidelines.

Grading Rubric

This assignment contributes 5 points to your final grade and is graded on a pass/fail basis. The grading is based on the reflection addressing the questions outlined above in a thoughtful manner that reflects wholehearted engagement with the process. If you don’t respond in a manner that comes across to me as a wholehearted response, I will ask you to resubmit the assignment and the late work policy will apply. 

[v.2, updated 12/14/2018]